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bridge demolition.
December 29, 2009
8:29 am
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Demolition of an 80 year old bridge in Vermont.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625 ... s-17337654

December 29, 2009
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That's too bad, but from the information given it seems like it was costing more to keep it up than it would to just rebuild.

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December 29, 2009
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sad..reminds of that saying..
"some people build bridges, some tear down walls"

I guess it is equally true that, 'some people tear down bridges and build up walls'

hmmm....

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December 29, 2009
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80 years old, nothing lasts forever, and the demands of it back when are probably much less than today.

December 31, 2009
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You know what's scary..just how much of our infrastructure stuff is getting REAL OLD..just been patched up over and over again... bridges, highways, railroads..and this one really worries me..damns

ooh...how about plants..like water treatment plants (and all that old piping that gets our water to and from our homes..yuck), electricity providers (remember how much the grid kept failing a few years back?)..nuclear plants, etc...

All those old hazardous wastes dumps..I had heard, a few years back, there was one in Arizona, a goverment one filled with radioactive waste drums, that's seepage was getting dangerously close to contaminating the Colorado river ..that's the west's main water supply, I think (and this was a few years back..so now...hmmm)

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December 31, 2009
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That's only 2 hrs from here. Been across it a couple times.
They'll be rebuilding it beginning in the spring.
Sad thing is they didn't plan ahead with the bridge or a temp bridge and the ferry can't handle the traffic. Lots of commuters come from the NY side to work in Burlington. Now they have to drive 2.5 hrs out of their way to get there.

Some people on the VT side that live near the lake have offered to allow some people to park at their places and snowmobile back and forth across the lake. The will at least help out a few people.

December 31, 2009
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They demolished the Old Cooper River Bridge in Charleston SC several years ago. I miss the old bridge as it was an engineering marvel at the time of construction, 1929. The bridge linked Charleston to Mt Pleasant SC and several other islands. It is also was the route for 17-A to Myrtle Beach and North Carolina. I pulled a 26 foot camper over the old bridge many times and it was an experience. You were around 200 feet above the bay, a long way down if you went over.

You can see in the comparison photo the difference in the width. When you travel the new bridge you don't even know you're on a bridge. During the great snow of 1972, ski enthusiasts skied down the old bridge which was a harrowing experience.

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December 31, 2009
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What city had a bridge collapse? This one was ready, and even the Oakland Bay bridge had a repaired beam come down this last year. In Los Angeles we have had a big problem with water mains breaking all over the city. Some were as old as this bridge on the video.

We are long overdue to rebuild many many things in our infrastructure, from bridges to water systems. They may be like old WPA work programs but we could put a lot of people back to work doing these thing.

December 31, 2009
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The old High Bridge in Jessamine County Kentucky:

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Highest RR Bridge over a navigable stream in the USA. I've been on it and walked the ties. 300 feet high I think it is.

http://unusualkentucky.blogspot.com/200 ... ridge.html

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December 31, 2009
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"greeney2" wrote: We are long overdue to rebuild many many things in our infrastructure, from bridges to water systems. They may be like old WPA work programs but we could put a lot of people back to work doing these thing.

Why is it they didn’t build these things to last in the first place then? It was only 80 years old, it’s hardly…well old. Was it just not built for the amount of traffic or something? 😕

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